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Ivanka Trump parts ways with her father on Syrian refugees

Ivanka Trump said in an interview aired Wednesday that the United States might need to admit more refugees from Syria.

Freedom Caucus endorses latest Republican plan to revise Obamacare

WASHINGTON — An influential group of House conservatives has thrown its support behind Republicans’ latest plan to revise the Affordable Care Act, even as some members balked at a provision that would allow members of Congress to keep health benefits that other Americans might lose.

Trump’s plan cuts tax rates across board

President Trump unveiled tax cuts of historic proportions Wednesday.

Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative study says

A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought — more than 100,000 years ago __ and maybe they were Neanderthals.

America’s rich get richer as the poor get replaced by robots

America’s working class is falling further behind.

NASA spacewalking suits in short supply, report finds

A new report finds that NASA’s spacewalking suits are in short supply. The suits were developed more than 40 years ago, and a replacement is still years away. That’s despite nearly $200 million spent on new suit technology for Mars and other future space travel.

Raleigh, N.C., swamped by biggest rain event since Hurricane Matthew

It wasn’t even a tropical storm, but the lumbering low pressure system that crawled through the Southeast will go down in the record books as a historically prolific rainmaker.

Commander Takes Responsibility for Confusion Over Aircraft Carrier

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s top commander in the Pacific accepted full responsibility on Wednesday for a confusing chain of events this month that mistakenly left the impression that the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was rushing to confront an increasingly belligerent North Korea, when it was not.

Coulter says Berkeley speech is “canceled’ but implies visit

Ann Coulter said in an email Wednesday that her speaking event planned for this week at the University of California, Berkeley is “canceled” but implied she might still travel to the city or campus anyway.

15-year sentence for shooter at Black Lives Matter protest

A Minnesota man convicted in the shootings of five black men who were demonstrating against the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

Defiant Trump vows to take immigration case to Supreme Court

Trump expressed frustration that once again a judge in a single district could thwart him from taking action.

When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump’s border wall

Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all.

With dispute over health payments defused, spending bill is on track

The White House and congressional Democrats on Wednesday defused a tense budget standoff just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.

Key provisions of proposed GOP health care compromise

House Republicans are debating a proposed compromise that might help them revive stalled legislation to roll back much of President Obama’s health care law.

Republicans redefine Trump’s border wall

Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all.

Texas prisons’ solitary confinement policies amount to torture, report says

The Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law concluded that solitary confinement in Texas violates international human rights standards.

Trump order seeks to limit federal role in K-12 education

President Trump has signed an executive order that aims to reduce the federal government’s role in K-12 education.

Coulter says she will pull out of speech at Berkeley

Ann Coulter said that she is canceling her planned speech at the University of California, Berkeley, because she had lost the backing of conservative groups.

Analysis: ‘Voodoo economics’ is back

Arthur Laffer’s idea, once derided as “voodoo economics,” is being revived. The theory being adopted by Trump advisers is that cutting taxes will spur enough economic growth to generate new tax revenue.

United investigates report that giant rabbit died on flight

The airline said in a statement that it was ‘‘saddened’’ by the news and had been in contact with the owner and offered assistance.

What’s up with the way Trump talks? Here’s a closer look.

A look at all the features of President Trump’s language that make it distinctly different from previous presidents.

Trump Today: ‘See you in the Supreme Court!’

Welcome to Trump Today, a one-stop entry point for the latest news on the 45th president of the United States.

In tense encounter, US destroyer fires flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel was attempting to draw closer to the USS Mahan.

White House statement on court’s ruling against sanctuary city punishment

The White House issued a statement on the court’s ruling late Tuesday.

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.

The 34-year-old neuroscientist developing a drug to prevent depression and PTSD

Rebecca Brachman was studying emotional behaviors in mice when she stumbled upon what could be a massive breakthrough in mental health pharmacology.

Trump’s agenda once again stalls in Congress, forcing backtrack

The president’s demands for big, brag-worthy accomplishments before he completes 100 days in office failed to produce results.

Trump strikes a forceful tone at Holocaust service, saying ‘Never again’

President Trump sent a powerful message to those who doubt his will to fight anti-Semitism at an annual Holocaust remembrance ceremony.

Flynn likely broke the law by failing to disclose foreign payments, House Oversight leaders say

Contrasting accounts of Arkansas execution from witnesses

As a condemned killer lay on a gurney awaiting lethal injection in Arkansas’ death chamber, a federal judge had to decide whether there was sufficient evidence that an inmate executed earlier that evening showed signs that he was suffering while he was put to death.

San Diego schools launches effort against Islamophobia

One of the nation’s largest school districts has launched a campaign against Islamophobia, drawing praise and criticism.

Public pans GOP’s latest approach at replacing Obamacare

About 8 in 10 Democrats, 7 in 10 independents, and a slight majority of Republicans say that there should continue to be a national mandate.

Methodist court takes up challenge to election of gay bishop

The highest court in the United Methodist Church considered Tuesday whether to invalidate the election of the denomination’s first openly gay bishop, amid a struggle to avoid schism over the Bible and same-sex relationships.

Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer’s cellphone rings in court

Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones.

Alles Named Secret Service Leader

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has selected Randolph D. Alles, a retired Marine Corps general and acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, to lead the Secret Service, the White House announced on Tuesday.

Court removes obstacle to releasing wolves in New Mexico

A federal court on Tuesday removed an obstacle to the U.S. government’s plan to release more endangered wolves in New Mexico over the state’s objections, but it was not clear whether additional animals would be reintroduced under the Trump administration.

Trump touts executive orders he once lambasted

President Donald Trump will mark the end of his first 100 days in office with a flurry of executive orders, looking to fulfill campaign promises and rack up victories quickly by turning to a presidential tool he once derided.

White-power groups banding together, but for how long?

White extremists are seldom good at working together. But the Nationalist Front, composed of multiple extremist groups, had its first-year anniversary Saturday.

California judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city money

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities.”

Fact-check: Trump’s AP interview included false, misleading statements

Here are the facts behind President Trump’s statements.

Trump condemns Holocaust deniers, anti-Semitism

President Trump is condemning those who deny the Holocaust and is pledging to confront anti-Semitism.

Sally Yates to testify May 8 in Russia probe

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing next month on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

White House refuses lawmakers’ request on Flynn

The White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to Trump’s first national security adviser’s security clearance and payments.

Watch live: President Trump speaks at Holocaust Memorial Museum event

President Donald Trump is giving remarks for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Days of Remembrance.

Trump’s 100-day plan remains, in large part, a wish list

Where’s the wall? The “easy” replacement for Obamacare?

Trump Today: Signing a flurry of executive orders

Welcome to Trump Today, a one-stop entry point for the latest news on the 45th president of the United States.

In search for victories, Trump relies on executive orders

His use of executive orders points to his struggles getting legislation though Congress.

Progress seen on budget deal that would prevent government shutdown

A major hurdle was overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico.

Trump Seeking 15 Percent Tax Rate for Businesses

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump has instructed his advisers to make cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 percent a centerpiece of his tax-cut blueprint to be unveiled this week, according to people with knowledge of his plans, even if that means a significant reduction in revenue that could jettison his campaign promise to curb deficits.

State Department promotion of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago draws fire

The agency removed a promotional posting about the resort after a storm of ethics criticism.